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Randgold Resources leads miners lower

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by Elaine Frei
Randgold Resources leads miners lower

Europe’s equities markets saw declines Tuesday as the banking sector and miners lost ground and the oil sector was mixed in London.

The FTSE 100 was 1.04 percent lower to 4,249.21 while the FTSE 250 fell 0.84 percent to 7,414.56 in London.

Miners were lower as Randgold Resources (LSE: RRS; NAS: GOLD) dropped 3.14 percent to lead decliners on the 100 and Anglo American (LSE: AAL) dropped 2.73 percent.

Elsewhere in the region, the FTSE Eurofirst 300 was down 1.1 percent to 850.17 while the IBEX fell 0.59 percent to 9.787.8, the Dax was 1.56 percent lower to 4,808.64 and the CAC-40 dropped 1.67 percent to 3,140.44.

Asian markets were mixed again, with gains in Tokyo as the Nikkei 225 added 1.79 percent to 9,958.44, the Topix index was up 1.58 percent to 929.76 and the Mothers market gained 0.68 percent to 442.05.

Other gainers in the region included South Koera’s Kospi, which added 0.12 percent to 1,390.07 while at the same time the Taiex was up 0.64 percent to 6,432.16 in Taiwan and the Straits Times Index was 0.69 percent higher to 2,333.14.

In Australia, the Sydney Ordinaries gained 1.68 percent to 3,947.8 while the S&P/ASX200 was up 1.75 percent to 3,954.9.

The Shanghai Composite was 0.54 percent lower to 2,959.36 while the Hang Seng fell 0.81 percent to 18,378.73 and the Sensex gained 1.97 percent to 14,493.84.

In New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.33 percent to 8,415.71 by just before 1:30 p.m. local time while the Nasdaq Composite was 0.86 percent lower to 1,828.11 and the S&P 500 had dropped 1.31 percent to 915.07.

Crude oil, metals and most grains prices were lower on the session, but July soybeans saw a slight gain in afternoon trade on the Chicago Board of Trade.

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